Lorica Segmentata Hinge

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Roman armor clasping nut




Location Discovered Cyprus
Material  Bronze/ Copper Alloy
Dimensions 2.0cm long x 1.2cm wide 2mm thick
Roman Empire 3rd Century AD

A locking/clasping nut for the mail attachment method used during the 3rd Century. This small item was used to fasten two bronze plates together, so as to hold them in place.  A small but interesting item, as it was also most likely used to fasten other pieces of armor together, such as chest plates.  The reverse has an error or bubble in the item.  This most likely resulted from a bubble which formed during the casting of the item.(1)(2)

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(1) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 152 2002.

(2) Reference to similar items: BISHOP, M.C & COULSTON, J.C.N; Roman Military Equipment "From the Punic wars to the Fall of Rome", page 171 2006.

**Note on background. Close up view of the wall of the Colosseum of Pula, Croatia. Picture taken 2014